Lucas Bethge

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A widely used generic assay for 2-oxoglutarate-dependent oxygenases relies upon monitoring the release of 14CO2 from labeled [1-14C]-2-oxoglutarate. We report an alternative assay in which depletion of 2-oxoglutarate is monitored by its postincubation derivatization with o-phenylenediamine to form a product amenable to fluorescence analysis. The utility of(More)
Forced intercalation probes (FIT-probes) are nucleic acid probes, in which an intercalator cyanine dye such as thiazole orange (TO) serves as a replacement of a canonical nucleobase. These probes signal hybridization by showing strong increases of fluorescence. TO in FIT-probes responds to adjacent base mismatches by attenuation of fluorescence intensities(More)
Fluorogenic hybridization probes that allow RNA imaging provide information as to how the synthesis and transport of particular RNA molecules is orchestrated in living cells. In this study, we explored the peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-based FIT-probes in the simultaneous imaging of two different viral mRNA molecules expressed during the replication cycle of(More)
Oligonucleotide hybridization probes that fluoresce upon binding to complementary nucleic acid targets allow the real-time detection of DNA or RNA in homogeneous solution. The most commonly used probes rely on the distance-dependent interaction between a fluorophore and another label. Such dual-labeled oligonucleotides signal the change of the global(More)
Mirror mirror on the wall: By taking advantage of the unique structural features of L-DNA, the first examples of left-helical enantioselective induction in the field of DNA-based asymmetric catalysis were realized. Most importantly, this approach is the only one that allows a reliable and predictable access to both enantiomers for any given reaction.
Probe molecules that enable the detection of specific DNA sequences are used in diagnostic and basic research. Most methods rely on the specificity of hybridization reactions, which complicates the detection of single base mutations at low temperature. Significant efforts have been devoted to the development of oligonucleotides that allow discrimination of(More)
Key components of the translational apparatus, i.e. ribosomes, elongation factor EF-Tu and most aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, are stereoselective and prevent incorporation of d-amino acids (d-aa) into polypeptides. The rare appearance of d-aa in natural polypeptides arises from post-translational modifications or non-ribosomal synthesis. We introduce an in(More)
Liquid crystal ordering is reported in aqueous solutions of the oligomer 5'-ATTAp-3' and of the oligomer 5'-GCCGp-3'. In both systems, we quantitatively interpret ordering as stemming from the chaining of molecules via a "running-bond" type of pairing, a self-assembly process distinct from the duplex aggregation previously reported for longer(More)